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Grossy 06-09-2012 12:05 AM

Brew your own - Social condemnation?
I have been brewing now for about a year, I was talking to my partner at work about the IPA I am brewing tomorrow. A detailed conversation about the amount of Hops, Pliny the Younger, ect..

An associate at work hears us and makes an off-the-cuff comment about how we sound like a couple of alcoholics.

I have heard to many versions of this kind of remark:
"Wow you must drink a awful amount of beer."
"Do you brew beer to get cheap alcohol?"
I have had three job interviews this year*, and I never bring up brewing for fear that someone on the panel may be anti-alcohol.

Anybody else run into this type of social condemnation?

And just for the record: I drink often, I don't drink a lot. (well occasionally I do :cross: )

(I was about to be laid off at the end of this month, fortunately I just got a job offer this week, so this weekend will be one those times that I drink too much!)

GoldMiner 06-09-2012 12:34 AM

Problem is a lot of people equate beer drinking with getting drunk.

They can't understand drinking for taste instead of just to get buzzed.

Denny 06-09-2012 12:37 AM

Around here, people just say "Wow, that's cool!".

boscobeans 06-09-2012 12:43 AM

Same people find nothing wrong with endless yakking about buying a case or two of the latest Shiraz or Pinot Noir.

I enjoy wine as well as beer but some people get the idea that beer is for guzzlers and wine is OK as long as you extend your pinky finger when drinking it.

At 66 I could give two ounces of well sparged spent grain for their opinion.


Krazykripple 06-09-2012 12:50 AM

some people are sceptical, then they taste my beer

Bigcorona 06-09-2012 12:59 AM

"(I was about to be laid off at the end of this month, fortunately I just got a job offer this week, so this weekend will be one those times that I drink too much!)"

Congratulations on that. I will drink to that as well!

Revvy 06-09-2012 01:12 AM


Originally Posted by Denny (Post 4156180)
Around here, people just say "Wow, that's cool!".

pretty much the same with me. People see it as an extension of a passion for cooking and other artisanal food endeavors. In Metro Detroit we're so inundated with craft and micro breweries and are used to seeing craft beer in even the dinkiest and run-down liquor stores, that people understand what I'm into and are usually interested.

Most of my bosses in my "normal" jobs know, and many of the congregants of my church know, since often if we go out to lunch after church, it's usually to a place with a decent beer selection.

Heck I do a small annual beer tasting for some of my faculty instructors at the medical school. A lot of the instructors and researchers there brew, have brewed at some point or are interested in brewing.

It's pretty commonly known after a Sunday where I preach that I'll be heading over to Motor City Beer works, with my volunteer coordinator, the drummer, and sometimes the music director, for pizza and a couple pitchers of Ghetto blaster mild.

I'm proud of my hobby, and beer culture, an I tout it whenever possible...I have nothing to be ashamed of...

Grossy 06-09-2012 01:22 AM


Originally Posted by Bigcorona (Post 4156226)
Congratulations on that. I will drink to that as well!

Then I raise my glass with you, thank you.

The department I worked in was eliminated, after three interviews with other departments within the organization I landed a great job, with only 1 month to go.

I can literally see the gray hair on my head returning to brown.

microbusbrewery 06-09-2012 01:41 AM

Definitely congrats on the new job!!!

Re odd looks and/or comments from people I'm in Utah, so there are a lot of people here that assume if you drink that automatically makes you an alcoholic. So yeah, I've had my fair share of odd looks and occasional comments from people when I start talking about brewing.

SkipperNC 06-09-2012 02:09 AM

I live in the South, so I get the occasional unapproving glance when they hear me discussing homebrew at work. There are still a few folks down here that equate ANY drinking to "evil." I really don't care. For every one of those types, I also get the random person who walks past my house when I'm brewing and asks when the beer will be ready.

Funny story, I have a good friend who is single, over 40 and lived alone. He's from the South as well. So a year or so ago his mom comes to visit for a week. The day before he shows up at my door with, no joke, a case of brew and two bottles of wine. He had me keep them for him while she was in town.

Apparently, "Momma didn't approve," of that kind of stuff. Seriously.

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